Sean Kanan Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 08, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Dec 06, 2023
Sean Kanan is a Famous American actor, producer, and author
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About Sean Kanan

Sean Kanan is a soap opera actor who has made his mark on television as well as on the big screen.

Sean Kanan got his big break in 1989 and has since accumulated 66 credits as an actor and six credits as a producer. He has acted with many other actors including Bruce Willis and DJ Qualls.

Sean Kanan has also authored books that have been published by Dunham Books and other publishers.

Sean Kanan Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Sean Kanan’s net worth?

Sean Kanan is believed to have a net worth of about $25.1 million.

How much does Sean Kanan earn per year?

As an actor, Sean Kanan does not have a fixed annual income.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Sean Kanan?

Sean Kanan is 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old is Sean Kanan?

As of June 2022, Sean Kanan is 55 years old.

Childhood And Education

Sean Kanan was born to Dale and Michele Perelman on November 2, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a sister named Robyn Bernstein. They grew up near Pittsburgh. Sean finished his schooling at a college-prep school called Mercersburg Academy and then headed to Boston University followed by the University of California, Los Angeles from where he graduated with a degree in political science. He enjoyed movies even as a child and often went to watch films by himself.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Sean Kanan’s partner?

Sean Kanan is married to Michele Kanan. He has a daughter from a previous relationship with Athena Ubach. He was married to Athena Ubach from 1999-2001. Sean is the stepfather to four children Michele has from her earlier relationship. The couple does not have any children together.

Career And Professional Highlights

Sean Kanan made his debut on television in 1987 in the werewolf TV series. He got his big break in 1989 when he essayed the role of Mike Barnes in 'The Karate Kid Part III'. Apart from looking right for the role, Sean already knew Karate which made him the perfect choice for the film. The Karate Kid franchise made Sean a recognized name around the world. He followed this with more work in television. In 1990, he was a supporting actor in four episodes of a Fox television series called 'The Outsiders'. He played the role of Gregg Parker.

The actor took on the role of Deacon Sharpe in the soap opera, 'The Bold And The Beautiful' for his next big project. His role was first intended to be that of a short-term villain but it was later turned into a recurring role. From 1990-2022, he made appearances in over 770 episodes of the soap opera. He played the role of Deacon Sharpe in 'The Young And The Restless' as well from 2009-2012.

Simultaneously, the American actor took on many roles in television and film projects. He appeared in feature films like 'Hot Shots!', 'Crash Point Zero', 'The Chaos Factor' and 'Sons Of Italy'. In 2009, he took on the leading role in 'Abracadabra', an indie film by Julie Pacino. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. His other work in television includes the role of Jude Cavanaugh in the soap opera, 'Sunset Beach' and A.J. Quartermaine in 'General Hospital'.

In 2019, Sean took on the lead role in Studio City. He was also credited as the writer and executive producer for this TV series. the show would go on to win him an Emmy Award. The show was a family project with his wife sharing credit as a writer and producer and his stepdaughter making an appearance as his character's surprise child.

Apart from being an actor, Sean has also been a writer, producer, and TV host. He has published a book with Dunham Books and another with Plain Sight Publishing. His third book is on Karate.

He wrote and was an executive producer for 'Chasing Holden'. He also acted in this project with DJ Qualls. In 2002, he was the host of the Miss World Pageant. He has also competed in the Italian rendering for 'Dancing With The Stars'.

Best Known For…

Sean's first notable role was as Mike Barnes in the third film of the Karate Kid franchise. His portrayal of Deacon Sharpe in 'The Bold And The Beautiful' and Jude Cavanaugh in 'Sunset Beach' has also been noteworthy.

Charity Work

Sean Kanan advocates against bullying as an Ambassador for 'Boo 2 Bullying'. He also works with a few charities including Project Angel Food and the American Cancer Society.

What awards has Sean Kanan won?

Sean Kanan won the Best Lead Actor in a drama series award at the 2020 Indie Series Awards for his role in 'Studio City'. He also won the Best Actor and Best actor-TV Series Awards at the 2021 LA Live Film Festival. In the same year, he also won a Daytime Emmy Award for the same series. He has been nominated for many other awards including awards by the Soap Opera Digest.

Sean Kanan’s Hobbies And Interests

Sean enjoys practicing martial arts, cooking, and performing standup comedy. He is also studying Italian and Mandarin.

Other Interesting Sean Kanan Facts And Trivia

  • Sean Kanan has studied Japanese Karate.
  • Sean Kanan has shared many of his favorite recipes in his book, 'The Modern Gentleman: Cooking And Entertaining With Sean Kanan'.

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Sean Kanan Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Sean Perelman

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




180 cm

Eye Color


Child Star?



Actor, Producer, Author


University of California, Los Angeles

Net Worth



Michele Kanan


Dale Perelman, Michele Perelman


Robyn Bernstein
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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